Tom Scott

The First Ever Wireless Hack: Marconi vs Maskelyne

No, it wasn’t called “hacking” back then: it was called “scientific hooliganism”. Let’s talk about Marconi, Nevil Maskelyne, and a demonstration that didn’t go as planned. And go check out the Royal Institution’s channel!

I’m indebted to Sungook Hong’s wonderful book “Wireless”, which helped me track down some of the more obscure sources here — and to the British Library, whose incredible archives and microfilm tapes helped me find the original newspapers and journals you see in the video.

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